Llegan malas noticias de la frontera israelí-libanesa, cuatro muertos, y heridos. Aquí se puede escuchar y leer la transcripción de la entrevista realizada a Milos Struger, vocero de UNIFIL, la fuerza interina de las Naciones Unidas en el Líbano, que confirma que el trabajo de mantenimiento de rutina estaba coordinado con ellos y que el francotirador del Ejército Libanés disparó a los israelíes que se encontraban dentro de territorio israelí. Citamos un pequeño extracto y pegamos un mapa del lugar del incidente:
Yesterday, 3 August 2010, IDF forces were conducting routine maintenance work, which had been coordinated with UNIFIL, on the technical fence near the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’ is the internationally recognized border), when they were attacked by Lebanese Armed Forces. An LAF sniper opened fire at IDF officers observing the work, killing Lt. Col. (Res.) Dov Harari , and critically wounding Captain (Res.) Ezra Lakia.
The IDF force responded immediately to the attack, returning fire with light arms at a force of the LAF, and the IDF also made use of artillery fire. Several minutes later an Israel Air Force (IAF) helicopter fired at the LAF Battalion Command Center in Al-Taybeh, damaging several LAF armored combat vehicles.
Golan Yochpaz, Israel Army Radio broadcaster, interviews Milos Struger, a Senior Political Advisor to the Commander of UNIFIL Forces along the Israeli-Lebanese border.
Yochpaz: “Those in charge of keeping the peace in the tense region on the border between Israel and Lebanon are UNIFIL soldiers, who were witnesses to the incident between two sides yesterday. The Hungarian diplomat Milos Struger who is used as a political advisor for the commander of the UNIFIL forces in the area, and is located with the UN forces there. A few hours ago we spoke to him over the phone and spoke about what appeared to be a planned deadly ambush by the LAF against the IDF. Struger clarifies that the IDF operated accordingly, and notified us accordingly about their intent to work to clear the region. It is not clear to us how such a routine activity, which occurs almost daily, ended with casualties to both sides.”
Struger: “IDF informed UNIFIL that they are going to do some work cutting the tree from the other side north of the technical fence but south of the blue line. The situation on the ground quickly became tense because the LAF also deployed their forces on the ground. We also had our own people who were trying to diffuse this tension.”
Yochpaz translates Struger’s comments.
Yochpaz: “We now ask from Struger according to his facts, where exactly did the IDF work on the trees in relation to the boundaries on the map.”
Struger: “It was in the area of al Adessa just north of Misgad Am. Tomorrow we will have a technical team to exactly establish the location in relation to the blue line.”
Yochpaz translates Struger’s comments
Struger: “I can confirm that we received notification from the IDF early in the morning about this work, and we conveyed this to Lebanese army. Our investigation has been launched today…”(...)